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Technical Seminar : IIoT Architecture and Security

Date, time & venue

2019-08-17;10:00 - 11:30;Chan Yat Mei Sophie Room – 9/F

Co-Organized by

    i.       Manufacturing & Industrial Division

   ii.       Hong Kong Computer Society

Programme Highlights 

The application of the Internet of Things (IoT) to the manufacturing industry is called the IIoT (or Industry 4.0). The IIoT will revolutionize manufacturing by enabling the acquisition and accessibility of far greater amounts of data, at far greater speeds, and far more efficiently than before. Combining this with the enormous computing processing power of the Cloud and the extreme speed of communication technologies such as 5G, there will be unlimited potential and business opportunities for the industry. In this seminar, our speaker will share with us how a 3-tier architecture can help design and implement an effective IIoT solution and why a proper security framework is essential to achieve the benefits.


Language: Cantonese with English Terminology



Mr Ted Suen, President of Hong Kong Computer Society.

Ted Suen has 30 years of solid experiences in Information Technology with strong expertise knowledge in IT outsourcing services and large scale system integration projects. Ted is the Chief Information Officer of MTR Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible to formulate the corporate IT strategy, manages the overall MTR corporate IT function, directs the establishment of a stable, reliable and highly effective IT environment to support the business operation and to ensure Information Systems solutions are in-line with corporate business strategies.

Prior to this position, Ted had held various senior regional management positions in different multi-national corporations, including Managing Director of EDS Hong Kong, Regional Director of Greater China and Korea of IT Outsourcing services of EDS, Regional Director of Asia Pacific Global Best Shore Services of Hewlett Packard.

Ted graduated from the Australian National University with double degrees in Economics and Science. He also holds a Master Degree in Accountancy and Graduate Diploma in Banking & Finance. Ted is a Fellow member and President of the Hong Kong Computer Society, and a Fellow member of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers.

Ted was recipient of several prestigious IT awards in the last few years including the 2012 China Top 5 CIO Award, the 2013 China Best Value CIO Award, the 2013 Hong Kong Outstanding Performance IT Award Excellence, the 2013 Hong Kong CIO Award for Large Enterprise, and the 2014 Asia CIO Award.


Registration & Enquiries


This Forum is free of charge but prior registration is required.  The number of participants is limited to 80 and applications will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis. For registration, please enroll online via MI website at http://mi.hkie.org.hk. Only successful applicants will be notified by email on or before 15 August 2019.  For enquiries, please contact Ir Dr Ritz Lau (ritzlau@hku.hk).


A joint technical seminar on IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) Architecture and Security was organized on 17 Aug 2019 by Hong Kong Computer Society and the MI Division. The speaker, Ir Ted Suen, President of Hong Kong Computer Society, inspired the audience with the benefits of IIoT applications, and shared his experience what the IIoT architecture should be and how to set up the security framework.  

The latest enabling technologies such as mobile/cloud computing, IoT sensing, machine learning, robotics and automation merge information and operational technologies together and form a new IIoT industrial platform that improves production and process efficiency, product development, innovation and business decision making. Such IIoT platform has to meet the higher design and operational requirements. Three tiers of IIoT architecture, namely edge tier, platform tier and enterprise tier are required to form an efficient network.

Data security is generally one of the major concerns that most industrialists do not have a good handle. IIoT security threats must be properly contained to guarantee smooth and safe industrial operations. Many IoT apps may leave intrusion points for malware, man-in-the-middle, unauthorized access and data theft to infringe the data security. An improper communication network between IIoT devices and backend applications may be subjected to hijacking and spoofing. A comprehensive secure IIoT system should be started with endpoint protection framework. The next security layer, IIoT platform and enterprise service security covers five categories, namely identify, protect, detect, response and recover. Each of these categories contains many building elements per NIST cybersecurity framework.

Industry 4.0 defines a cyber-physical system that takes a long way to achieve. It requires an extensive integration of robotics and data interconnectivity to form fundamental building blocks. The seminar is definitely eye-opening and let the general industrialists understand more about IIoT security importance and architecture required.

By Ir Dr Ritz Lau




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